Coronavirus Testing Information

Everyone in Scotland who develops Coronavirus symptoms is now eligible for testing.

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you develop the symptoms of Coronavirus you should make arrangements to get tested.  It is important that you do this as soon as your symptoms appear as the “testing available is only proven to be effective within the first 5 days of the symptoms appearing.” (NHS)

While you wait for results you must self-isolate.  If you recieve a positive test, meaning that you have COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 7 days, and anyone in your household must also self-isolate for 14 days.

If you recieve a negative test, meaning that you do not have COVID-19, you are able to continue as you were before, providing your symptoms do not change or worsen.

You can book a test here: https://www.nhsinform.scot/self-help-guides/self-help-guide-access-to-testing-for-coronavirus

 

If you drive, you can book into one of the testing centres around the country.  You will be asked to provide your name and phone number.

If you do not drive, you can order a test kit to your home.  This will be delivered by Amazon, and the finished test will be picked up by Royal Mail couriers. You will be asked for an email address and your home address.

If someone you know has no access to the internet, they can book a test via the phone number 0800 028 2816.

You can book a test for another person in your household if they have symptoms.  The tests are available to anyone over the age of 5.

The test takes the form of a swap at the back of the throat.  For children under 11, a parent/guardian will have to administer the swab.

Contact Tracing

This is a new system, designed to stop the spread of the virus in the community.

According to the Scottish Government website:

“If you get a positive test result you will be asked who you have been in close contact with. This includes people in your household, people you have had direct face to face contact with for any length of time, and those you have been within 2 metres of for 15 minutes or more.

“This NHS system is entirely confidential, when the people you have been near are contacted they will not be told who it is that they have been in contact with. This information is only collected and used by NHS Scotland for the purposes of tracing your contacts. The Scottish Government will not have access to it.

“If you receive a call or a message from a contact tracer to say you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, they will ask you to self-isolate immediately. It is hugely important you do this in order to stop the spread of the virus.

“It is only by all playing our part, getting tested, providing information and agreeing to isolate, that we can cut the numbers of people getting the virus.”